STATEMENT FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S LOYALIST ATTACK ON IRISH PUB IN LIVERPOOL

Cairde na hEireann Liverpool is appalled by the incidents recorded yesterday in Liverpool involving a loyalist parade through Liverpool and distributed widely though social media https://youtu.be/as9y83ME9wE. It is clear that the organisers (Apprentice Boys Of Derry supported by Loyalist bands) lost control of their supporters when they targeted the Liffey Irish Bar on Renshaw Street. During the past 10 years this bar is annually targeted by loyalists during this specific parade as almost every band plays the ‘Sash My Father Wore’ as they pass by https://youtu.be/jPxeROwGsAA. Footage clearly shows loyalists (women and men) making determined efforts to enter the bar and the doors having to be defended and then closed to prevent violence and injury to the customers.

 Cairde na hEireann Liverpool asks that any person subject to racist or sectarian abuse to personally report it via the STOP HATE UK helpline 0800 138 1625.

 Cairde na hEireann is also concerned that yet again Loyalists are allowed with impunity to carry flags of proscribed organisations, with no intervention from Merseyside Police. Yesterday at least one band carried the flag of the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force. At last week’s English Defence League demonstration in Liverpool the UVF flag was again carried without intervention from Merseyside Police, when local Loyalists supported the fascist organisation. As a parade organiser, Cairde na hEireann is regularly subject to continued scrutiny by Merseyside Police in relation to flags and emblems and in 2014 a ridiculous situation emerged where the flag of the historical Irish women’s patriot organisation Cumann na mBan was banned from being flown by Merseyside Police as part of a centenary parade through Liverpool www.anphoblacht.com/contents/2447 . Cairde na hEireann Liverpool calls on Merseyside Police to treat communities equally and apply the law equally. At present it is clear that Merseyside Police is far from impartial in the way it views and treats the Irish community and Irish community events.

 

CNAE Liverpool.

Communications Team.

Merseyside PCC hate crime initiative ignores Irish community.

Cairde na hEireann Liverpool welcomes Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s latest initiative to gain the views of victims of hate crime across Merseyside (http://www.merseysidepcc.info/home/get-involved/puttingvictimsfirst.aspx) #puttingvictimsfirst.

However, several members of the Irish community on Merseyside have now contacted us to highlight that when completing the online ‘victims experience questionairre’ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3FSHPMD the recording of a persons ethnicity does not include an ‘Irish’ or an ‘Irish Traveller’ category.

This ommision will mean that an Irish dimension to the experience of hate crime will be lost to the PCC. Cairde na hEireann Liverpool reiterates that any initiatives to ameliorate discrimination and hate must include all sections of Merseyside’s communities. It is simply not good enough that a major initiative led by the PCC should exclude the Irish experience of hate crime given the recent history of a resurgance in anti-Irish racism in Liverpool since 2012 Under Pressure Report. We call on the PCC to ensure that all future initiatives do not ignore the Irish experience on Merseyside and the lumping of Irish and Irish Traveller communities under a ‘white’ category serves the interests of no one except racists and bigots.

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